Serena Williams eases into second round of French Open

Updated: 26 May 2013 18:19 IST

Serena drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. Serena hasn't won French Open title since 2002 and hasn't reached the semifinals since 2003.

Paris:

Serena Williams returned Sunday to the red clay of the French Open, and this time there was no stumble at the start.

Upset in the first round a year ago, Williams channeled any lingering frustration into her overpowering strokes and drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1.

Also advancing on the first day of play were Sara Errani, the runner-up last year to Maria Sharapova, and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic.

Williams lost her opening match at a Grand Slam tournament for the only time in her career a year ago, when she was beaten by France's Virginie Razzano. That was the most surprising in a succession of losses for Williams at Roland Garros, where she hasn't won the title since 2002 and hasn't reached the semifinals since 2003.

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